The Best Thing I Saw on TV This Week (5/12 – 5/19)

What a week this was to be a fan of great TV! Season finales often bring out the most memorable and thought-provoking moments each year, and this year was no exception. This past week gave me so many phenomenal choices for TV’s best of the best that I needed another day to finally make up my mind!

It seemed that each show I love had at least one moment that I’ve watched again and again and could talk about at length to anyone who’ll listen: Emma finally calling Snow and Charming “Mom” and “Dad” on the finale of Once Upon a Time; Brienne and Jaime sharing a heartfelt goodbye that perfectly captured the nuances of their relationship on  Game of Thrones; Castle laying all his cards on the table and proposing to Beckett on Castle‘s season finale; Danny and Mindy’s game-changing glasses-cleaning moment on The Mindy Project; Michael Scott’s return and all of the sob-inducing final talking heads on the series finale of The Office; and Stefon and Seth’s big moment on Saturday Night Live.

Each of these were incredible television moments, but no moment on TV this week made me as happy as the final scene of New Girl‘s season finale.

 

Yes, I love a good cliffhanger as much as the next girl, and sometimes a season finale needs to end with me reaching for the tissues in order for it to be a great one. But sometimes you just want to go into the summer hiatus with a smile on your face and hope in your heart—and that’s what New Girl gave its fans with that final scene. This scene was a great representation of everything that’s right about New Girl: Its emotions were honest (I think this scene was Zooey Deschanel’s best work yet), it showcased the blinding chemistry between Deschanel and Jake Johnson, and it simply felt real and earned.

Some finales are like a punch to the gut, making you feel like the wind has been knocked out of you. But this finale was like a happy sigh of relief, a warm laugh as genuine as Jess and Nick’s laughter after yet another stunning kiss.

What was the best thing you saw on TV this week? What moments are you looking forward to with the summer TV season right around the corner?

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2 thoughts on “The Best Thing I Saw on TV This Week (5/12 – 5/19)

  1. OK, if I agree to catch up on New Girl you need to start watching Orphan Black (lol). My viewing parallels yours pretty closely, but man that goodbye scene between Brienne and Jamie was simply exquisite. When she says “goodbye Sir Jamie” Nikolaj Coster-Waldau completely and totally wrecked me by just looking up at her through that pain and loss of dignity only to be humbled by the one person who does not see him as the Kingslayer and who has never required anything of him, not even protection for her own life. Then to see his humility turn to commitment to live up to the part of the Lannister name that ‘always pays their debts’ and return the Stark girls when he gets back to King’s Landing. It was extraordinary in its nuance and emotions with limited dialogue. I mean Coster-Waldau takes dreamy to places no one thought it could go, but here he just punched me in the gut. I am well on record about Castle’s finale but will say this – rewatch the ending again when Kate gets out of the car and sits down in the swing – I am convinced she was going to tell him she was staying. But I digress.

    After all that my favorite moment of TV this week was in Orphan Black. In an episode that had me on the edge of my seat throughout and made me laugh out loud with the following quote, “Divorces do really strange things to normals Sarah, they lose their fake happiness, they forget their way to the mall and then they come downtown to find themselves.” I literally screamed out loud when the final scene occurred. As someone who prides herself on seeing twists in shows coming, this one absolutely blindsided me and set up the final pair of episodes in way that I can’t even speculate where they are going. For me, that’s the hallmark of great television.

    • I really do need to watch Orphan Black! They had an article about it in Entertainment Weekly, and the first thing I thought of was you and how much you love it. 😀

      And all I can say to your paragraph about that Jaime/Brienne scene is YES. It was such a beautiful moment because so little was said and yet so much was communicated. It took all of the things I love about their relationship from the books and put it into one small scene that perfectly conveyed the trust, respect, and admiration that runs so deeply between these two characters in the book. For being a scene not originally in A Storm of Swords, I think it did better than almost any other at capturing what makes their dynamic so special in the books (which I’m sure has something to do with the fact that George RR Martin wrote that episode). After the whole season is done, I plan on gushing a lot about these two characters and especially NCW’s performance. They’re definitely my favorite thing about this season so far.

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